My mother read this to my sisters and brother and I when we were sick with the flu in England in the early 50's. And the author, Betty MacDonald, has a special warm place in my heart as the author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books.

1992 She is so gifted in her way of telling her story. The crap that she put up with in the (relatively) modern age was unbelievable to me. Some of the other reviewers had commented on not liking her complaining about the neighbors, the homestead, the rancher lifestyle, and all I can say to that is I feel like maybe we weren’t reading the same book. Betty MacDonald (author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series) tells the story of her early, disastrous marriage to a chicken farmer. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax.

Of course her spikey, pointed observations are what make her writing so delightful, but barbed humour only works well when one delights in the shafts because they're aimed at a shared and justified target. There are books that stay with you all your life. While the racism here is troubling, as others reviewing here have said, in this 1945 "light comedy" nonfiction, the sexism horrified me more.

Of course her spikey, pointed observations are what make her writing so delightful, but barbed humour only works well when one delights in the shafts because they're aimed at a shared and justified target. This is the bitterly funny (and not so funny) autobiography of a woman who has signed up for a form a marital slavery to a wannabe chicken farmer, in which the husband works her to exhaustion and insults her while doing so, and she increasingly accepts that as what she deserves/the best she can get, while displacing her unexpressed anger about it outward toward her less-educated neighbors and the local Native population, as "humor." I bought this on a whim from a local charity shop, based on the title, cover and blurb.

[4], One reviewer noted that her treatment of the rural working class "spawned a perception of Washington as a land of eccentric country bumpkins like Ma and Pa Kettle."[5].

“_Sunday!_ In the country Sunday is the day on which you do exactly as much work as you do on other days but feel guilty all of the time you are doing it because Sunday is a day of rest”, “Some Saturday mornings, as soon as the mountains had bottled up the last cheerful sound of Bob and the truck, I, feeling like a cross between a boll weevil and a slut, took a large cup of hot coffee, a hot-water bottle, a cigarette and a magazine and WENT BACK TO BED.

[1] Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray were cast in the lead roles, with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride cast in the roles of Ma and Pa Kettle. If someone has the courtesy to bring me a whole side of perfectly cooked smoked salmon, and cuts me a slice, the last thing I'm going to be writing about is how the sight of his hands revolted me: I will be enthusing about the qualities of sharing and community.

MacDonald testified that the characters in her book were composite sketches of various people she had met. I'm giving this (a very generous) 2 stars due to the excellent scenic descriptions of the Washington state environment. Refresh and try again. It's the book that introduced Ma and Pa Kettle to the world. Her official birth date is given as March 26, 1908, although federal census returns seem to indicate 1907.

She is so gifted in her way of telling her story. Main received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and the film inspired nine subsequent Ma and Pa Kettle features. At the 20th Academy Awards, Main was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

On visits with her family in Seattle, she told stories of their tribulations, which greatly amused the…

The Egg and I is narrated by Heather Henderson and she performed the story so well that I thought Betty MacDonald herself was sitting in my living room telling the story. if so, would you please send me a link?

So I was ready to laugh uproariously with MacDonald’s famous memoir.

You know the saying: There's no time like the present...unless you're looking for a distraction from the current moment.

When it arrived from the library, I saw that the copy was from the early 60's.

The only unfortunately dated element is her terrible snobbishness towards rednecks and “Indians.” [Note: the sequel, I have to say, this is my favorite book of all time.

Betty MacDonald is one of the funniest writers I have ever come across. I guess that's like saying, "It's a great story, minus the Klan meetings"--it's not that bad, but I can't set the racism aside, and...I don't know. The book is based in reality, but characters have been melded, warped, squished together, and changed for humor's sake. The author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series also wrote several memoirs, this being the most famous.

And, go figure, it's.

I haven't thoroughly enjoyed and laughed outloud with a really good book in a very long time. The problem is, their home is old and needs to be repaired and the baby chicks need constant care.

Find job openings and see what women say about company culture, salary, women in leadership, maternity leave, working from home, and more. "The Egg and I" is the title of a song performed by The Seatbelts for the anime Cowboy Bebop.

She admits to isolation and loneliness, but her anger doesn't let her connect soulfully with anyone around her to relieve it. I've always heard of the movie, but now will plan to see it. I wonder if I like the Plague and I so much because, being set in the sterile conditions of a hospital, it was not possible for BM to get bitchy over dirt?

Either support him or ship out, I'd say (and I gather she shipped out, which seemed a very good idea to me). MacDonald and her husband started a rural Washington State chicken farm in the 1940s. She has a great narrative voice, a fabulous sense of humor, and a way with an anecdote.

Her stories about the American west during the early 20th Century and the stories (including many mishaps) of running a chicken farm in Port Townsend (which is a wonderful little town in my region) were so fun to read.

First introduced to Betty's semi-fictionalized memoirs in the late 60s (via my mother's book collection), I've since made it a point to search out, fans of autobiographies and "roughing it" tales.

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